Ryan Kohler

Ryan Kohler Head Coach Fast Talk Laboratories

Ryan Kohler is the Head Coach at Fast Talk Laboratories.

He was formerly the sports nutritionist and manager of the Sports Performance Department at the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center.

Prior to that, he worked at the Boulder Center for Sports Medicine and, before that, spent two years as manager of the BMC mountain bike development team. He also coached with USA Cycling’s junior MTB development program for eight years through regional, national, and international development camps and race camps.

Ryan has a passion for cycling and coaching, particularly in competitive mountain biking. He is a USA Cycling Level 1 coach and USAC-certified skills instructor.

Ryan holds a B.S. in exercise science, an M.S. in sports nutrition, and has been published in numerous scientific and popular media outlets. In addition to cycling, Ryan also enjoys telemark skiing and spending time with his wife and two sons.

Ryan appreciates most about sports science is how it gives the everyday athlete the same resources and expertise as elite athletes to be smarter about their training and achieve amazing results.

Coach’s Corner: What Exactly Is a Long Slow Distance Ride?

Coaches Trevor Connor and Ryan Kohler analyze ride data from one of Trevor's LSD (long, slow distance) rides in order to explain the correct execution of one of these fundamental rides.

Coach’s Corner: How to Interpret Pedaling Cadence Data

Coach Ryan Kohler and Trevor Connor demonstrate how to interpret pedaling cadence data and look for signs of poor workout execution.

How to Monitor Your Nutrition

Head Coach Ryan Kohler explores best practices for using mobile apps to monitor nutrition—and reveals the red flags that can indicate when athletes are misusing these apps and developing unhealthy attitudes about their diet.

Coach’s Corner: How to Analyze 5×5 Intervals in TrainingPeaks

Coach Trevor Connor and Coach Ryan Kohler walk through their process for interpreting 5x5-minute interval workout sessions in TrainingPeaks.

‘Cross Skills: Power File Analysis, with Grant Holicky

Coach Grant Holicky and head coach Ryan Kohler teach you how to analyze cyclocross power files in TrainingPeaks.

Running on Empty: Low Energy Availability and Effects on Performance, Part 1

You have an engine that needs fueling. What happens to your performance when you under fuel?

Q&A on Weight Loss and Metabolism, MTB Descending, and 5×5 Interval, with New Head Coach Ryan Kohler

Episode 129

Our new Head Coach Ryan Kohler answers listener questions on weight loss, metabolism, mountain bike descending, and 5x5 interval workouts.

Roundtable: On Coaching Beginner Athletes Versus Veteran Athletes

Episode 128

Cycling coaches Melanie McQuaid, Grant Holicky, and Ryan Kohler discuss the differences, similarities, nuances, and challenges of coaching beginner athletes versus veteran amateurs. 

Debunking Supplements—What Works, and What Doesn’t?

Episode 65

Nutritional supplements promise to make everything better, but they have a dark side. Here is a list of supplements, their health concerns, and foods that actually help performance.

Which Is Better: Polarization or Sweet Spot?

Episode 14

Which is better, sweet spot training or polarized training? To find out, we invited in proponents of each type of training — FasCat’s Frank Overton on the sweet spot side, and Boulder Center for Sports Medicine’s Ryan Kohler to advocate for a polarized model — and let them have at it.